Best Miele vacuums 2020: 5 top bagged, robot and cordless vacuum cleaners

Looking into buying a Miele vacuum? Here are the very best makes and models around; from the CX1 PowerLine to the RX1 Robot vacuum...

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Looking for a Miele vacuum cleaner? We don't blame you – they are one of the best vacuum cleaner brands after all. Available in a choice of a bagged or cordless vacuums, and even a robot vacuum cleaner, these vacs are well equipped to take on one of the most arduous household chores.

With such a wealth of models to choose from, finding which Miele vacuum is the right one for you depends on your rooms and your personal preferences. And it's a choice that you'll want to get right because we can pretty much guarantee that one of these vacuum cleaners will be one of the most used appliances in the home.

Without further a-do, you'll be pleased to hear that we have conducted our very own Miele vacuum cleaner comparison to help you select the best MIele vacuum for you. Keep scrolling to see our top five which have all either been tried and tested by our appliance expert Sarah, or carefully considered for inclusion in this guide.

The best Miele vacuum cleaners for 2020

Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat&Dog PowerLine Vacuum Cleaner

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1. Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat&Dog PowerLine Vacuum Cleaner

The best Miele vacuum: want bagless cylinder but don't want a Dyson? This is for you.

Best for: Easy emptying
Type: Cylinder
Bagless?: Yes
Cordless?: No
Weight: 8.71kg
Capacity: 2ltrs
Reasons to buy
+Powerful bagless convenience+Great on pet hair+Handles all surfaces like a pro
Reasons to avoid
-Quite heavy-Expect a workout if you don't turn the suction down on carpet

This vac shows that you don't have to join team Dyson to enjoy going bagless. Although it did not score quite as highly as the Miele Complete C3 in our vacuum cleaner review, it's our top option if you don't want to be tied to buying vacuum bags and know you want a compact vacuum.

Ease of use

As well as a great clean, this has been designed for a super easy clean, too. As with nearly all Miele vacuum cleaners the tools are stored in the body of the vac so you shouldn't lose them as you go. While it isn't the smallest of models (or the lightest), the unit is efficiently designed and won't take up too much space either.

You flip the foot control to adjust the brushes and the cable retracts at the push of a button so using the machine is quick and low-labour. It works really well on all surfaces, but like other super-suction models, you might want to turn it down to make carpet easier to clean.

Pet hair and allergies

Pet hair is no problem for the Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat&Dog. And, if you have a mucky pup you will be pleased with how it copes with dried mud, too. A lifetime HEPA AirClean filter (approved by Allergy UK) makes it a good choice for asthmatics or allergy sufferers, and while a bagless model can be a worry for these users, emptying the bin was mess-free. The model also has a self-cleaning function that can be activated when you've tackled a dust storm. The dust tank is also an impressive size for a bagless.


Easy to move with a telescopic tube, people with back problems won't find this vacuum hard to use. However, it is on the weighty side, so if you have lots of stairs, you might prefer a lighter model – for a large bungalow though, it would be perfect.

Check out the Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat&Dog PowerLine review

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best cordless vacuum: Miele Triflex HX1 Pro Cordless Vacuum

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2. Miele Triflex HX1 Pro Cordless Vacuum

Best cordless vacuum from Miele: it has epic suction and a long battery life

Best for: Busy family homes
Type: Stick
Bagless?: Yes
Battery life: Up to 120 minutes
Charging time: 4 hours
Capacity: 0.5ltrs
Noise: 80dB
Weight: 4kg
Reasons to buy
+Flexible design+Battery life+Epic suction
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy-Fiddly to empty

It's the first EVER cordless vacuum cleaner from Miele which has incredible suction and an epic battery life. If we were looking to buy a cordless vacuum then we certainly wouldn't hesitate to get our hands on this Miele vacuum.

What's it good at?

This cordless vacuum has a 3-in-1 design which will solve multiple cleaning conundrums around the home. It has three cleaning modes: compact, range and comfort, which can reach high and low to give you a result to be proud of.

It does a fab job when cleaning carpets, and our reviewer found that it worked well when tackling dust, feathers, dog (and human) hairs, too. This vac even has an automatic detection when you glide over different floor types, so it adjusts its suction accordingly.

What do we like about it?

What we like about this vacuum cleaner is that, like the Dyson, it has incredible suction power, and is achieved without sacrificing battery life. And it's this battery life, with a run-time of up to 120 minutes, which rivals the high-end vacuum cleaners  on our list so we feel it is very well suited to large, busy family homes.

What else?

The Triflex HX1 Pro comes with three attachments; a crevice nozzle, dusting nozzle and upholstery brush, all with a home on the wall mounting unit, which covers all cleaning bases.

What don't we like?

Although it is not the smallest capacity on our vacuum cleaner comparison, for the run-time the 0.5L the dust cylinder is annoyingly small and needs emptying far too often. The emptying action is easy enough, though, if a little stiff so if you don't mind frequently emptying the cylinder then you'll have no other quibbles.

Read the Miele Triflex HX1 Pro cordless vacuum review

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Best vacuum for pet hair and allergies: Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Vacuum Cleaner

3. Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Vacuum Cleaner

Best Miele vacuum for pet hair and allergies: a filtered vacuum to reduce the symptoms of allergies

Best for: Allergies
Type: Cylinder
Bagless?: No
Cordless?: No
Weight: 7.26kg
Capacity: 4.5ltrs
Noise level: 79dB
Reasons to buy
+Filter traps dust +Extra-long cord +Comes with a good set of tools
Reasons to avoid
-Additional tools are expensive-Not the most effective with larger dirt/debris

We've awarded the Complete C3 Cat & Dog PowerLine our vote for the best Miele vacuum for allergy sufferers. And it's easy to see why...

AirClean filter

The filter system means carpets and homes in general feel fresher. This is thanks to the AirClean filter system, which filters 99.9 per cent of fine dust from the air, and has a charcoal layer that helps absorb odours. The filter has a useful TimeStrip, too, which tells you when it needs to be changed. 

This vac also has a special bag fleece, which retains more fine dust and small particles than a normal bag. Combined with an auto-shut mechanism that closes the bag when the vacuum is opened for emptying and prevents dust from escaping back into the air, this is a good choice for allergy sufferers and neat freaks alike.


As for picking up hair and lint, the Turbobrush attachment's beater brush is really effective. Reviewers do note that it's very powerful, making vacuuming shag pile carpets and area rugs a little bit of a challenge. However, you can change the settings on the vacuum cleaner to suit the floor type with the conveniently placed foot controls. 


As you'd expect for a vacuum cleaner of this quality, there's a useful selection of attachments including a crevice nozzle, upholstery nozzle and dusting brush. They're all usefully stored inside the body of the vacuum cleaner, which is a time- and effort-saving feature we approve of. 

There is a wide range of extra attachments available including a parquet floor tool which is less likely to scratch wood and an extra-large hardwood floor brush to speed up the cleaning in large homes. They are quite expensive (the most expensive brush is just shy of £100), but for a machine that is built to last, it is worth investing in the extras for the most professional job possible.

Ease of use

This vacuum cleaner has a large operating radius of 12m (the one-touch retractable power cord is 7.5m long), meaning you can clean large rooms and long hallways, without the need to constantly change plugs. The extra long hose will make vacuuming up and down stairs easier than with heftier or upright models. When you're done cleaning, a handy foot pedal lets you wind in the cable without having to bend over. The only downside? You have to change the bag when it’s full, although its capacity is a decent 4.5ltrs.

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Miele Classic C1 Jubilee PowerLine Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

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4. Miele Classic C1 Jubilee PowerLine Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

Best Miele vacuum for value: this is Miele's lightest and most compact bagged vacuum cleaner, and it's exclusive to John Lewis & Partners...

Best for: Manoeuvrability
Type: Cylinder
Bagless?: No
Cordless?: No
Weight: 4.3kg
Capacity: 4.5L
Noise level: 79dB
Reasons to buy
+Really good suction+Good selection of attachments+Compact+Appealing price tag
Reasons to avoid
-Suction could be too powerful for some

If you're in need of a lightweight, compact and bagged vacuum cleaner, then the Miele Classic C1 has your name on it – not literally, of course, but it could be in your house which is close enough!

Mega cleaning power

This vac has incredible suction power and thorough pickup ability across hard floors AND carpets. With just the press of a button, this Miele vacuum will pick up all sorts of crumbs, grains, dust and hair.

It has six power settings to choose from and a three-piece accessory kit so it's a mega versatile choice; one day you could be cleaning upholstery, and the next you could be lifting stray hairs from your textile and hard floors.

Easy to operate

Weighing in at just 5.8kg, this Miele vacuum gets our vote for the best for manoeuvrability out of the bagged vacuum cleaners in this iconic brands range. It's also compact which will not only make it easy to take up and down the stairs, but also stow away in the cupboard for when you next need it. And the cable is 5.5m long, which is plenty long enough for most large rooms.


Complete with a host of onboard attachments such as a crevice nozzle, upholstery nozzle and dusting brush, you'll be able to clean high and low in the home with ease, too.

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Best robot vacuum cleaner for hard floors: Miele Scout RX1

5. Miele Scout RX1 Robot Vacuum

Best robot vacuum from Miele: a great navigator for full coverage when cleaning

Best for: Navigation
Battery life: 120 mins
Control: Remote
Virtual walls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Gentle around obstacles +Smart navigation +Really good on hard floors
Reasons to avoid
- A bit slow 

This is one of the best robot vacuum cleaners for hardwood floors as the smart navigation system means it rarely goes charging into things. 


The sensors are able to detect corners and obstacles well so that it aims to gently glide past them without causing any damage to your furniture. This can sometimes mean cleaning is a little slower than other models, but if you’ve got a small home then you shouldn't notice an inefficiency. 


The triple cleaning action means sweeping, brushing and vacuuming all in one motion. As a result, this also gets right into the corners so dust and dirt have nowhere to hide.

What we don't like?

This Miele robot vacuum is a little slow when it's doing the rounds vacuuming, but it does do a thorough job so is worth waiting for. You also don’t have smartphone controls with this one but you can still schedule it to clean while you’re out so you can come home to one less chore to do.  

  • Buy the Miele Scout RX1 Robot Vacuum 

What to look out for when buying a Miele vacuum

Already certain of which Miele vacuum best suits you? Perfect. Not sure yet? Miele sell two types of vacuums: cylinder and robot. Vacuums with names starting with C refer to cylinders, and R for robots. Simple. 

As for whether they're bagged or bagless, Blizzard models are bagless for your convenience. Other features such as Cat & Dog and Allergy fit those with specific requirements. 

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Where to start with a new vacuum?

If you're just starting out on your search for a new vacuum cleaner, we suggest you take a look at our guide on how to vacuum like a pro before you buy to ensure you choose the best vacuum cleaner to suit your cleaning needs. 

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